West Highland Way: the best bits

There are so many reasons to walk the West Highland Way.

For those who may not get the chance
to experience it for themselves,
(or maybe need some extra persuading)
here are my top 10 ‘best bits’.

10. The start
The starting point in Milngavie is a hotspot of anticipation
for the adventure to come.
Group photos are a must!

Milngavie

Milngavie

9. Camaraderie
From the word go, we had strangers saying hello,
wishing us luck and sharing their own experiences.
Faces became familiar
as we passed the same groups each day,
all the way to the end.

Friends

Friends

8. Wildlife
Deer, feral goats, sheep, cows…
April-May was great as we avoided the midges
but had the added bonus of new lambs!

Kissy lambs

Kissy lambs

7. Sunsets on Loch Lomond
It’s true, the banks of Loch Lomond are bonny,
very bonny indeed.
Even more so when the sun is setting.

The bonny banks of Loch Lomond

The bonny banks of Loch Lomond

6. The view from Conic Hill
Conic Hill provides the first view over Loch Lomond,
looking directly out over the island fault line
dividing the highlands and lowlands.
The first real ‘wow’ moment of our trip.

Fault line

Fault line

5. Tranquility
Beyond Tyndrum,
buildings become sparse.
If you’re looking for peace and quiet,
head to the highlands.

Isolation

Isolation

4. The Drovers Inn
A magical place.
Watch out for the ‘wild haggis’!

The Drovers Inn

The Drovers Inn

3. Challenge (& fun!)
There are tough sections,
knees ache,
blisters sting,
but wow is it worth it.

Unexpected sunshine = hot face!

Unexpected sunshine = hot face!

2. Breathtaking scenery
Too many photos to share,
they speak for themselves really.

Mountains, forests, rivers

Mountains, forests, rivers

1. The finish line
The sense of achievement when you see the end
after 96 miles of trekking.
Awesome.

The end! (Almost...)

The end! (Almost…)

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